A new poll by British newspaper the Daily Star has confirmed what everyone already new: most men are worried about hair loss.
The Star, reporting on a story about a recent US trial into a potential new Alopecia Areata treatment drug, asked men “are you worried about going bald?” in the online poll, which offered three responses.
Of the 645 respondents, only nine per cent said no. The remaining 91 per cent said they were either worried about it and were already going bald (63 per cent) or that they were a little worried as they have much less hair than they used to (28 per cent).
Genetic hair loss condition
Male Pattern Baldness is a genetic condition that will affect around three-quarters of men in their life. As it is permanent, for those with the ‘balding gene’ it comes with a cast-iron guarantee that thinning hair will not start to regrow of its own volition. Many men know this, and seek out help from a specialist hair loss clinic whose expertise and access to a number of clinically-proven treatments have helped many thousands of men stabilise their shedding and accelerate hair growth.
The tell-tale signs which prompt most men into action include losing hair density along the top of the scalp, a thinning crown at the back of their head, or a receding hairline at the front – or a combination of all three. Sometimes a pronounced “widow’s peak“, in which hair is receding on both sides of the head just above each temple to leave a ‘V’ or ‘M’-shaped hairline, is the clue.
Unwashed hair looks thinner
Experts typically suggest that Male Pattern Baldness is at play when more than 150 hairs a day are shed on a regular basis (we all lose hairs naturally every day) from areas around the hairline and/or top of the scalp. Genetic hair loss only affects these areas so all-over shedding or patchy hair loss is likely to be a different hair loss condition.
Some men try to reduce the number of hairs in their shower tray by washing their hair less frequently in the belief that their hair and scalp have become ‘fragile’, and that hair loss will be reduced if they leave their head well alone. While there is some degree of truth to this, the flipside is that unwashed hair quickly becomes greasy. And greasy hair, sadly, makes hair look thinner. Avoiding washing the hair may also lead to other complications that would be less likely if a regime of good scalp hygiene was followed.
Says Leonora Doclis, senior hair loss specialist at Belgravia: “The onset of Male Pattern Baldness often knocks men for six, and two of the first things they often try and do are deny it by washing their hair less or conceal it with a new hairstyle. Sometimes they start wearing a cap more often or spend small fortunes on thickening shampoos which are purely cosmetic quick fixes. Unfortunately, MPB will simply not get better on its own, and one of the smartest things men can do if they really do care about keeping their hair is to visit a specialist and try to start halting their hair loss – and promoting new hair growth – before things progress.”
The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our Online Consultation Form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our Hair Loss Success Stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 020 7730 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.